"Don't play everything, let some things go by. What you don't play can be more important than what you do". -Thelonious Sphere Monk
Upon tasting the 2013 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon with a friend, Lia Banville was struck by the grace and opulence of the wine in barrel. The two agreed that this wine was special and should be bottled as a single varietal with its' unique harmony of distinct terroir, robust bright fruit, and lush round tannins. A truly LEGIT Cabernet Sauvignon from within Chianti Classico, UNBLENDED.
With the idea of pursuing the name LEGIT, Lia and her friend envisioned a label dedicated to the single person who embodied stylish originality and eternal hipness, an artist referred to as the "Genius of Modern Music" - Thelonious Monk.
After further research the choice seemed ordained to be, as Lia's son Alex found an iconic photo gracing the album cover of one of Monk's most famous live concert recordings. 'Thelonious Monk in Italy' recorded live April 21st, 1961 in Milan by Riverside Records.
Thus began the quest to receive permission from the photographer and Monk's family to use the iconic photo for the LEGIT label. An adventure that was born as a business endeavor, evolved into collaboration, and has grown into a wonderful friendship.
We are proud to offer this wine as a tribute to the timelessness of Monk's music. Pulitzer Prize winner, respected composer (his single "Round Midnight" is the most recorded Jazz single to date) AND who today is still referred to as the epitome of Jazz, Thelonious Monk has and will always set the bar for all things LEGIT!
LEGIT is a wine of power and finesse, an organically-farmed Cabernet Sauvignon made from hand-picked grapes grown in the prized San Giovanni Vineyard in the heart of Castelnuovo Berardenga. Here the gently sloping Tuscan vineyard and its gnarled vines mimic the angular melodies and dissonant twists of Monk's great masterpieces. "A wine born of soul and depth", a harmonious and unlikely marriage of American Jazz and Italian tradition that is as perfectly irreverent, as stylishly 'LEGIT' as the artist who inspired it.
Grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon 100%
Area of Production: Chianti Classico, Toscana
Soil: Lime and clay with a considerable presence of gravel size stones
Vine age: Plantings completed in spring 2002
Plant density: 6,900-11,000 plants per hectare
Yield: 60 qt/ha
Aging: 24 months in barriques (70% new and 30% used one year), 36 months in bottle.
Tasting Notes: The wine has a deep ruby red color. The nose displays hints of green pepper, licorice and graphite melted with oak vanilla flavors. Full bodied with a ripe fruit palate, LEGIT has the potential to age for a long period of time, which is typical of the Cabernet Sauvignon produced in the Castelnuovo Berardenga Area.
Awards: 95 Points, Wine Spectator; #13 on Wine Spectator Top 100 for 2020